Pensioner awakes from coma after teens’ attack
Published: 27 May 12
A 61-year-old man has awoken from a coma over two months after he was attacked by a gang of teenage boys in Gothenburg.
Seven teenage boys remain suspected of having carried out the brutal assault on Kortedala Torg on March 18th.
Prosecutor Carl-Henrik Andersson is not however counting on being able to interview the man in advance of the boys’ trial.
“I have the impression that (he) might be able to attend. We don’t think he’ll be addressing the district court though,” Andersson told the local Göteborgs-Posten daily.
The man, named only as Carl-Eric and described as a pensioner, was held in a coma until doctors awoke him this week. It is as yet too early to determine his physical condition.
It has been established however that due to his serious head injuries he will not be able to make a full recovery.
“He remains at the hospital. A gradual improvement has been noted, but there is a ceiling for his progress,” a relative of the man told the newspaper.
“Carl-Eric it seems will not be capable of taking care of himself in the future.”
The seven teenagers are expected to be charged towards the end of June, with a district court trial not expected until after the summer.
Pensioner awakes from coma after teens‘ attack
Published: 27 May 12
Video footage may be available of the brutal beating in Gothenburg where a gang of teenage boys [PC code-word: Muslim immigrants] are suspected of having beaten a 61-year-old into a coma as bystanders looked on.
On Sunday, four of the seven teens believed to have viciously attacked a 61-year-old man two weeks ago in Gothenburg were ordered held on remand, while the victim is still fighting for his life in hospital.
The boys, who are aged between 15 and 16, were ordered held on suspicion of aggravated assault in the beating of 61-year-old Carl-Eric Cedvander, who was left unconscious in a fountain in a town square.
Another three younger boys who were involved have been taken into custody by social services due to their age, but remain suspected of having a role in the attack.
On Tuesday, the Aftonbladet newspaper reported that video surveillance cameras may have captured the event, with the tapes having been collected by police in hopes they will provide them with a better understanding what happened in the beating, which has has left Cedvander hovering between life and death in a coma ever since.
The attack, which occurred in Kortedala Torg on March 18th, has left other residents embittered and calling for action, and police are concerned that talks of a demonstration against violence may boil over into an anti-immigrant protest.
[What's wrong with protesting immigration? Shouldn't the police be neutral about political issues?]
“We see that racist websites blame foreigners in general after what happened. It makes me angry, and we need to monitor developments carefully,” said the police’s Bertil Claesson to Aftonbladet.
“Protests against violence are good, a sign of health, but we don’t want it to become a protest out of hatred.”
[Protests against immigration are good, a sign of health. We don't want it to become a protest out of sympathy.]
The fountain in the square where the attack took place has been turned into a makeshift memorial for Cedvander, as Gothenburg residents have reacted strongly to the attacks, but also against the onlookers who allegedly did little to help.
While witness reports suggest that the matter was over in a matter of minutes, bystanders did little more than yell at the gang of teens [PC code-word: Muslim immigrants].
The four boys, who all attend Hjällbo high school [Hjällbo = Muslim ghetto], denied initial suspicions of attempted murder.
However, one of the teens [PC code-word: Muslims] has admitted to certain aspects of the attack.
“He admits that he used a certain amount of violence, but said the man attacked him first,” the boy’s lawyer, Per Söderberg, told the Göteborgs Tidning (GT) newspaper.
Formal charges are expected to be filed against the boys by April 13th.
Teens sentenced for brutal pensioner attack
Published: 19 Sep 12
Two teenage boys have been sentenced to juvenile detention after savagely beating a 61-year-old man into a coma as bystanders looked on in Gothenburg in March.
The victim, Carl-Eric Cedvander, was in a coma for two months following the brutal assault on Kortedala Torg, western Sweden, on March 18th, where a gang of teenage boys beat and kicked the 61-year-old in a crowded square.
Doctors believe the injuries Cedvander sustained in the attack were life threatening and will be permanent.
Seven teenage boys were taken into custody after the attack, initially claiming that the man had instigated the violence and that they were acting in self-defense.
However, the court ruled Tuesday that the two teens were guilty of aggravated assault, and handed the them a juvenile detention sentence as well as a damages fee of 130,000 kronor ($19,816) and community service.
According to the court, the younger of the boys, a 16-year-old, was responsible for the kick that several witnesses suggested put an end to the assault.
“It was like he took a run-up, like when you kick a ball. After that, the man was just wheezing,” one witness said in hearings, according to the Aftonbladet newspaper.
Both teenagers denied the crime.
Had the offenders been of an adult age, the incident would have left them with between one and a half and two and a half years’ prison, wrote the court in a statement.
“It’s mixed feelings. It’s disappointing that my client was not acquitted, but the good thing is that the penalty was more lenient than the prosecutor had requested,” said lawyer Per Söderberg, who represented the younger of the two boys.
Seven Muslim immigrants savagely attack a member of Sweden’s indigenous community. The result? Five of them get off scot free. Two of them get “juvenile detention”, “community service” and a fine. None are deported.